“You will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do.”
― David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

Vintage 1994. Still thinking about rotary dial phones. Check out the ring tone in Coolio samplin’ of Parliament’s Fantastic Voyage. 

Morning Coffee Read:
Amazing story from the Guardian. When this Iranian man was twenty years old, he stabbed and killed another man in a brawl. Executions are public in Iran. Side note, I think we might have a different view on capital punishment in the west if our executions were public, especially in the presence of the victim’s family. At the last second, with the noose around his neck, the victim’s mother walked up to the man, slapped him and removed the noose, essentially sparing his life. At this point, the two mothers embrace in tears. I’m not sure where I stand on capital punishment other than I know I have it in me to take the life of anyone with my bare hands who would harm my children, but of course, this is one of those situations where one cannot truly predict how we would react until we are faced with the situation. I was moved by this story. Could such a thing happen in our judicial system?

Teach your kids to use tools!

Teach your kids to use tools!

You see that huge shift between payroll taxes and corporate taxes? That there is what we like to call Trickle Down Economics otherwise known as Reganomics, or Fuck-the-Middleclass economics. If you’re looking for evidence that we live in a plutocracy, well…

You see that huge shift between payroll taxes and corporate taxes? That there is what we like to call Trickle Down Economics otherwise known as Reganomics, or Fuck-the-Middleclass economics. If you’re looking for evidence that we live in a plutocracy, well…

I miss rotary dial phones, their hard glossy acetate shell, the soft staccato click of that spinning dial, that springy, accordion cord curled around my index finger, the weight of the receiver pressed against my cheek, and oh…that ring.

I miss rotary dial phones, their hard glossy acetate shell, the soft staccato click of that spinning dial, that springy, accordion cord curled around my index finger, the weight of the receiver pressed against my cheek, and oh…that ring.

I’m just going to wait for audio book, film, podcast, brain implant.

I’m just going to wait for audio book, film, podcast, brain implant.

Now if we can just get those corporate fucks to pay taxes.

Now if we can just get those corporate fucks to pay taxes.

Snap!

Snap!

cleophatrajones:

abstrackafricana:

iwillmakeyouskinny:

beyseybey:

Biggest plot twist


i will never not repost this.

when you see it, reblog it


Oh no you didn’t

cleophatrajones:

abstrackafricana:

iwillmakeyouskinny:

beyseybey:

Biggest plot twist

i will never not repost this.

when you see it, reblog it

Oh no you didn’t

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Mark your calendars! Carl’s last day is May 17h, 2014. Paula Poundstone better dam well be on the panel that day!

Mark your calendars! Carl’s last day is May 17h, 2014. Paula Poundstone better dam well be on the panel that day!

A year or so back, Florida passed legislation requiring anyone receiving public assistance to undergo drug testing. Both the moral and financial implications of this turned out to be seriously fucked up!

A year or so back, Florida passed legislation requiring anyone receiving public assistance to undergo drug testing. Both the moral and financial implications of this turned out to be seriously fucked up!

This week’s credit check: A record 43.6 million Americans are using food stamps. JPMorgan’s segment that makes food stamp debit cards made $5.47 billion in net revenue in 2010.

How? 
By charging States to manage their SNAP EBT cards and then charging EBT users (fucking poor folks on food stamps) a fee every time they use their cards! 40 cents each time they check their balance and 50 cents each time they try to use their cards with insufficient funds!

Here’s an excerpt from a 20 page report by the Government Accountability Institute:
An investigation by the Government Accountability Institute has found that:
• Three companies – J.P. Morgan EFS, Affiliated Computer Services, and eFunds – provide EBT services for 49 states and 3 US territories.
• Since 2004, 18 of 24 states who contract with J.P. Morgan to provide welfare benefits have contracted to pay $560,492,596.02. New York alone has a seven-year contract worth $126,394,917.
• Projected average food stamp spending post-recession will be 175% greater than pre- recession average spending, from $28 billion to $77 billion.3
• Since 2009, 32 states have followed the USDA’s suggestion to use Broad Based Categorical Eligibility “as a way to increase SNAP participation and reduce State

And just when you thought Banks could not get any more scummier!

This week’s credit check: A record 43.6 million Americans are using food stamps. JPMorgan’s segment that makes food stamp debit cards made $5.47 billion in net revenue in 2010.

How?
By charging States to manage their SNAP EBT cards and then charging EBT users (fucking poor folks on food stamps) a fee every time they use their cards! 40 cents each time they check their balance and 50 cents each time they try to use their cards with insufficient funds!

Here’s an excerpt from a 20 page report by the Government Accountability Institute:
An investigation by the Government Accountability Institute has found that: • Three companies – J.P. Morgan EFS, Affiliated Computer Services, and eFunds – provide EBT services for 49 states and 3 US territories. • Since 2004, 18 of 24 states who contract with J.P. Morgan to provide welfare benefits have contracted to pay $560,492,596.02. New York alone has a seven-year contract worth $126,394,917. • Projected average food stamp spending post-recession will be 175% greater than pre- recession average spending, from $28 billion to $77 billion.3 • Since 2009, 32 states have followed the USDA’s suggestion to use Broad Based Categorical Eligibility “as a way to increase SNAP participation and reduce State

And just when you thought Banks could not get any more scummier!

Pretty much a complete list of all the bullshit in the world!

Pretty much a complete list of all the bullshit in the world!

So this was my breakfast read before work this morning. Has irony and snarky cynicism pacified us into accepting bad art, literature and music? Been watching this slowly unfold over the past three decades, typically when non-deserving artists reap critical acclaim for really lame works, don’t make me name names, but Kanye and Koons come to mind. And can so many novels actually be critically acclaimed? All the while, I thought there was something wrong with me, that I simply wasn’t getting it. Wallace has always been the small child in the audience at the Emperor’s catwalk. This piece further congeals his point. In order to move towards something greater, Ashby and Carroll suggest that we must “reject the safety of ironic remove and risk the possibility of failure”. Brilliant stuff. Well worth a read and only seven pages! Now that’s something I can commit to. 

http://www.salon.com/2014/04/13/david_foster_wallace_was_right_irony_is_ruining_our_culture/

So this was my breakfast read before work this morning. Has irony and snarky cynicism pacified us into accepting bad art, literature and music? Been watching this slowly unfold over the past three decades, typically when non-deserving artists reap critical acclaim for really lame works, don’t make me name names, but Kanye and Koons come to mind. And can so many novels actually be critically acclaimed? All the while, I thought there was something wrong with me, that I simply wasn’t getting it. Wallace has always been the small child in the audience at the Emperor’s catwalk. This piece further congeals his point. In order to move towards something greater, Ashby and Carroll suggest that we must “reject the safety of ironic remove and risk the possibility of failure”. Brilliant stuff. Well worth a read and only seven pages! Now that’s something I can commit to.

http://www.salon.com/2014/04/13/david_foster_wallace_was_right_irony_is_ruining_our_culture/

It’s not enough to be a responsible camper by taking out your own trash. Why not clean up the entire beach? These five large plastic flour bags represent the debris washed up around our camp, most of it thrown in the sea by local fishermen.  

It’s not enough to be a responsible camper by taking out your own trash. Why not clean up the entire beach? These five large plastic flour bags represent the debris washed up around our camp, most of it thrown in the sea by local fishermen.